Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

  • A rose goes to Theatre Aspen for putting on a phenomenal season, and especially the “Ragtime” production. It’s one of the best performances that’s been under the tent in recent years, if not a decade. The casting, the singing, the acting — all of it — is superb. Special hats off to lead actor Michael Andreaus who ruptured his Achilles tendon during the show’s final dress rehearsal in June. He is doing a great job adjusting with the boot on his foot while on stage. Thank you for grinning and bearing it, Andreaus, just don’t break a leg.
  • Thorns go to each and every property owner — including city and county governments — that are haphazardly allowing their sprinklers to water the concrete. With stage 2 water restrictions in place for the first time in the city of Aspen, it’s even more important to conserve our precious resource. We don’t want to be walking through town anymore looking at sprinkler heads turned outward rather inward. Best just to just shut them off anyway and let the town go brown.
  • Roses for residents of Basalt and the midvalley for, so far, keeping the debate civil on the future of the Basalt shooting range. There have been a few minor hiccups but for the most part, people on all sides of the issue have expressed their views without vilifying the other side. That’s going to have to continue if the issue is solved. An additional rose to CPW area wildlife manager Perry Will for acknowledging that some type of management changes will be necessary.
  • Thorns to the Denver attorney for Whole Foods Market for trying to bully his way through a liquor license hearing before the Basalt Town Council this week. The presentation was passive-aggressive from the start, with suggestions that litigation loomed if his client didn’t get their way, then practicing big-city lawyer tactics when cross-examining the general manager of the liquor store opposing the request. Rule No. 1 — know your market and what type of tactics work best. And while we’re at it, a rose for Basalt Councilman Auden Schendler for calling out said attorney. “You have to treat people with more respect,” Schendler told the attorney emphatically.
  • A rose to Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo for raising nearly $94,000 for the Huts for Vets foundation through his annual golf tournament last month. The nonprofit aids veterans by transporting them to the backcountry.
  • A rose to Pitkin County and Garfield County for collaborating on a state grant to build a wireless internet network that will benefit rural areas and hard to reach drainages in both counties that now receive only limited or no internet access. The project, which initially started as two separate requests for separate networks, will save the two governments more than $300,000.
  • Nearly a dozen thorns go to the group of 20-somethings who made the trek up to Independence Pass about 11 p.m. Saturday to enjoy the Perseid Meteor shower. Glad you had a roaring good time drinking your margs and smoking the weed. Next time when you know there are others enjoying the nature event and not the bar, respect it. You don’t all need to be talking volume 7 at the same time.
  • Roses to the work crew in Snowmass Village working around the Town Park area. Backups have been minimal and the road each night, even though it’s dug up, isn’t like four-wheeling.
  • Roses to another fun concert season that wrapped up on Fanny Hill. Minus the snafu with the Spin Doctors show and the blown generator that delayed the show, it was another fun summer on the hill with a backdrop you never get tired of. Bring on the Labor Day Experience.

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